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...... ....*.mn u PAGE 7 Health & Wellness rsday, December 19,2013 Prevent the spread of norovirus during the Holid Deb Botzek-Linn Univ. of Minnesota Extension Over the Holidays as we cele- brate with family and friends, we may be preparing an appetizer for a buffet, the main entree or all the fixings for a family meal, or bring- ing a dish to pass for an office potluck. Our hectic Holiday pace can lead to food-safety shortcuts and errors that could cause Norovi- rus, a foodborne illness with flu- like symptoms, that folks some- times experience following a Hol- iday gathering. Outbreaks of Norovirus usually occur when someone eats food or drinks liquids that were handled by an infected person who did not wash hands properly. People can also become infected after touch- ing contaminated surfaces or serving utensils. The good news is we know how to prevent the spread of Norovi- rus. Handwashing. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus with its nasty symp- toms of nausea, vomiting and diar- rhea, along with mild fever and chills. Handwashing is important before preparing food, before eat- ing and after using the bathroom. Kingston Santa Day returns Along with diligent handwash- ing, additional norovirus preven- tion strategies for the holidays include: You should not prepare food for others while you are sick and for at least 2-3 days after you recover. Stay horrfe if you are ill with diarrhea and vomiting. Keep sick children and ill infants away from food prepara- tion and serving areas. On the Holiday buffet table, serve food in small containers and replace them often. This helps keep hands from contaminating food. When serving dips, place a spoon near the serving bowl to encourage guests to spoon the dip onto plates. This helps discourage "double dipping." Clean and sanitize contam- inated surfaces with a bleach ays solution (1 teaspoon bleach mixed at USDA's Meat and Poultry Hot- with 1 quart of water), line at (888) 674-6854, and Uni- Questions on safe Holiday food versity of Minnesota Extension preparation? Food safety experts Answerline at (800)854-1678. are ready to answer your questions After several years with no Santa Day in Kingston, the jolly fellow made his return to the Kingston Community Center. Volunteers made sure that Santa was comfortable, and they had plenty of treats and goodies for the kids who came to visit. With more young children in the neighborhood, Santa Day again will become a must-do of the season. Submitted photo. We've taken literally HUNDREDS of photos with Santa this year. Since there's only so much room here in the paper, we're sharing them online. Visit our Photo Gallery at, and for a limited time, you can purchase prints at a 25-percent discount (code: ChristmasTCN. Or DOWNLOAD THEM FOR FREE courtesy of Images by Marguerite and the Tri-County News. Our entire staff extends WARM ,HOLIDAY WISHES TO YOU!. We appreciate the opportunity to provide CentraCare Health Paynesville - Eden Valley Clinic Christmas Eve -OPEN 8 a.m. - Noon Christmas Day - CLOSED New Year's Eve - OPEN 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. New Year's Day - CLOSED 24/7 Emergency Care is available at the PAYNESVILLE HOSPITAL 200 W. 1st Street Paynesville 320-243-3767 or 800-242-3767